Have you ever tried making ice cream yourself? It’s not that hard – even I, not even close to being a domestic goddess, can do it.
I robbed a recipe off the blog of one of Ireland’s most popular ice cream shops – Murphy’s Ice Cream. Murphy’s is a family run business, originally from Dingle, Co. Kerry, which has recently opened shops in Dublin and Killarney. Their ice cream is to die for…believe me.
So here we go:
Murphys Irish Coffee (Caife Gaelach) Ice Cream
« 150g sugar
« 5 egg yolks
« 240 ml cream
« 200 ml milk
« 10 gm (4 tablespoons) instant coffee
« 45 ml (3 tablespoons) Irish whiskey
What to do:
1. Beat in the egg yolks with the the sugar until thick and pale yellow.
2. Bring the milk to a low simmer.
3. Beat the milk into the eggs and sugar in a slow stream.
4. Pour the mixture back into the pan and place over low heat.
5. Stir continuously until the custard thickens slightly (around 65-70C) and just coats the back of a spoon. Don’t over-heat, though, because at around 76C you will scramble the eggs!
6. Immediately remove from the heat.
7. Stir a small amount of the warm mix into the instant coffee, until dissolved.
8. Add to the custard.
9. Transfer the custard into a small container, cover, and refrigerate until cool (5C).
10. Stir in the whiskey.
11. Whip the cream until it has doubled in volume (you should have soft peaks – don’t over-whip).
12. Fold the cream (gently stir) into the custard.
13. Freeze using a domestic ice cream machine, or cover and place in the freezer, stirring every few hours to break up the ice crystals.
If you’re using a domestic ice cream machine, transfer to a freezer-proof covered container when the ice cream has achieved a semi-solid consistency (around 15 minutes). Place it in the freezer, and continue to freeze until it is solid.
Yield: 8 servings
Note: To pasteurise the eggs, heat the custard to 73C and maintain that temperature for at least 5 minutes. Use a cooking thermometer, though! If the custard goes any higher than 76C, the eggs will scramble. Immediately cover and place in the freezer until cool.